The College of Education offers a range of General Education (GenEd) course offerings each semester.  Check the current course schedule for updated information. 

Gen Ed Courses

Education in the Global City

URBE 0854
US Society (GU)
In this course we focus mainly on education in the city, but this doesn’t mean we look only at schools. Globalization is creating new possibilities for learning: we have instant access to vast networks of information, migration is bringing rich cultural diversity to our doorsteps, and we learn in many different types of schools and communities.

Education for Liberation

URBE 0855
Global & World Society (GG)
This course explores educational issues in urban America and indigenous educational traditions in the “Third World.” The course focuses on the connections between education and politics, cultural diversity and economics, and the existence and persistence of poverty in developing nations.

Why Care About College: Higher Education in American Life

EDAD 0855
U.S. Society (GU)
You have decided to go to college. But why? What role will college and in particular Temple University play in your life? Reflect on this important question by looking at the relationship between higher education and American society. What do colleges and universities contribute to our lives? They are, of course, places for teaching and learning. They are also research centers, sports and entertainment venues, sources of community pride and profit, major employers, settings for coming-of-age rituals (parties, wild times, courtship, etc.), and institutions that create lifetime identities and loyalties. Learn how higher education is shaped by the larger society and how, in turn, it has shaped that society. Become better prepared for the world in which you have chosen to live for the next few years.

Interpersonal Communication

AOD 0836
Human Behavior (GB)
Assess your own communication skills. Develop and set personal goals and an action plan by which to create the change you wish to see. Learn the basic components of interpersonal communication situations (communicators, content, and contexts) and investigate how interpersonal communication needs and effectiveness change throughout life (in early childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle age, and old age).

Kids in Crisis: When Schools Don't Work

EDUC 0823
Race & Diversity (GD)
Social problems are part of modern society. They represent a gap between what we would like society to be like and the lived reality for individuals in the society. Devising solutions to social problems and participating in their implementation is an important role for citizens in a democracy. In order to do so we need to understand the role of race and diversity in modern American society and in our own lived experience. This General Education course will examine three pressing social problems in American society that play out in our schools--segregation and racial isolation in schools, school violence, and dropout.

Language in Society

EDUC 0815EDUC 0915 (Honors)
Human Behavior (GB)
Through discussions and hands-on projects, students will learn how to collect, analyze, and interpret language data and how to make informed decisions about language and education policies as voters and community members.

The Meaning of Madness

SPSY 0828
Human Behavior (GB)
What is madness? Insanity? Mental illness? Who decides where the line between madness and normalcy is drawn? How have ideas about madness changed over time? Can the same behaviors be considered "insane" in one culture but "normal" in another? What is "stigma" and how does it affect individuals with mental illnesses? This course will explore biological, social, and cultural factors that influence mental illness, perceptions of individuals with mental illness, and treatments of mental illness over time and across cultural groups.

Teens & Tweens

EDUC 0819EDUC 0919 (Honors)
Human Behavior (GB)
Using literature, TV and film, as well as articles and books from the field of human development, the course will explore how children grow into teenagers, how they survive the challenges of adolescence, and how they become productive adults.

Youth Cultures

EDUC 0817EDUC 0917 (Honors)
Human Behavior (GB)
Often related to gender, race, class and socio-economic circumstances, youth cultures enable young people to try on identities as they work their way to a clearer sense of self. Students in this class will investigate several youth cultures, looking closely at what it means to belong.

Notes for College of Education students

All students are strongly encouraged to work with your academic advisor to select general education courses that enhance your program, meet your requirements, and develop your interests.  Students matriculated in the College of Education who are successfully completing their program in Early Childhood Education, Middle Grades Education, or Secondary Education may receive a waiver for some General Education requirements and should consult DARS and/or an Advisor for details.

For assistance with course planning or scheduling, we encourage you to make an appointment to see a College of Education advisor.